Odell Beckham vs. Josh Norman: The Ali vs. Frazier America Needs Now

September 22, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

America wasn't exactly a paradise when Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier clashed inside and outside the ring in the early 1970s.
It was the era of Watergate and the Vietnam War, of oil embargoes and a crippling recession. President Gerald Ford survived two assassination attempts in the month before 1975's Thrilla in Manila—one by former Manson family member Squeaky Fromme. If foreign armies, powerful coalitions or our own government weren't enough to worry about, the minions of hippie cult-leader sociopaths were still at large. 
The early 1970s were a time of extreme pessimism, international and domestic anxieties, racial strife and overwhelming governmental distrust.
It was probably a little worse then than it is now.
Against that backdrop of fear and unrest, Ali and Frazier delivered global spectacle, a much-needed distraction, inspiration and a little bit of hope. Their bouts were epic. Their rivalry was fun for just about everyone but Frazier.
But the...

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